Lifemobile by Jonathan Rintels

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Lifemobile tells the story of Benjy Bennett, an honor student with Asperger’s Syndrome, who upon graduation from high school hopelessly despairs that “there’s no place in this world” for someone as different as him. But then his widowed father brings home a “Deathmobile” – an old Corvair, famously characterized by Ralph Nader as “unsafe at any speed.” When Benjy learns that the U.S. government ultimately found Nader's sensational charges untrue, he decides that the Corvair is “not disabled, just different,” as he is, and has been unfairly stigmatized by a world that does not understand it, just as he has. The different boy becomes the different car's champion, determined to prove to the world how wrong it is about both of them. Taking Benjy and his father on a wild and emotional ride full of colorful characters and comic adventures, the Deathmobile becomes their “Lifemobile,” ultimately helping them both discover Benjy’s own uniquely satisfying place in this world.
 

About Jonathan Rintels

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JONATHAN RINTELS is a writer of film and television, as well as the founder of the nonprofit Center for Creative Voices in Media. He lives with his two children and Corvair in Charlottesville, Virginia. This is his first novel.
 
Published May 15, 2012 by Prospecta Press. 192 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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With its sleek design and notoriously accident-prone track record, Ralph Nader famously deemed the Corvair America’s “most unsafe car.” Nevertheless, Benjy’s father purchases one on eBay, admittedly because he needed “something to plug the gaping hole [caused by] Annie’s passing and Benjy’s leavi...

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